Sunday, May 26, 2013

Manila Depicted as the Gates of Hell

Dan Brown's new novel, Inferno, was just released recently. In that book which is fiction, there is a depiction of Manila as the Gates of Hell because of pollution, traffic congestion and a mecca for prostitution and sex trade of minors and children.

Several Pinoy's were upset and annoyed. One of the vocal one was Atty Francis Tolentino, Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. Mr Tolentino wrote an open letter citing that the depiction of Manila in the book is not accurate. The publisher replied that the book is fiction.

My personal comment: If Pinoys get upset or annoyed by the depiction of Manila in the book, there must be a hint of truth on it. The phrase Gates of Hell is possibly a good description of the city during summer time when the temperature in Manila hovers around 103F to 105F. As far as pollution, traffic congestion and extreme poverty that is the reality of life in any big city. Regarding prostitution, it must be happening, but sex trade of minors, I thought this was already solve, with the help of the Catholic Church. Am I correct or wrong?

Here’s an excerpt from the book:

“When the group settled in among the throngs in the city of Manila—the most densely populated city on earth—Sienna could only gape in horror. She had never seen poverty on this scale.” Sienna, the fictional character, further noted Manila’s “six-hour traffic jams, suffocating pollution, and a horrifying sex trade.”

I am a Dan Brown fan. I have read all his books and enjoyed them so much. I have not been to a book store near us so I have not purchase the book. I could purchase it on line, but I have a bad experience buying books at E-bay or

If you have already read the book, let me know if it is as good or better than his previous books, Angel and Demons, The Da Vince Code and the Lost Symbol.

Incidentally, the posting of Mr Tolentino's letter must be music to Dan Brown ear. With the letter Brown got a free publicity. The letter is now circulating in the social media specifically in FaceBook.

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